eLearning Day 2011
December 20, 2011
CYTA Amphitheater, CYTA Central Offices, 1 Tilepikoinonion Str., Strovolos
09:00 am – 1:30 pm
Intellectual Property Rights Law & Open Educational Resources: Challenges, Prospects and Contradictions in Education
The principal responsibility of a University has always been the production of new knowledge (research) and its dissemination (teaching). Intellectual Property Rights law is the primary mechanism for ensuring that the rights of intellectual output producers are associated with them and can be protected. In the time of the Knowledge Society and the inescapable “commodification” of knowledge, the management of intellectual property rights is transformed into a complex ethical, legal, and economic issue. Further, a technological dimension must also be considered, due to the minimization of the cost and time for dissemination of knowledge via the Internet.
In the 21st century, the social debate and legal science promote the protection of intellectual property rights via two parallel but seemingly contradictory ways: protection through restriction to access and copyright protection via more open access.
In this workshop the main issues arising from the management of intellectual property in the academic environment will be discussed, with a focus on alternative ways for implementing main principles in higher education, and especially in distance education environments. During the workshop, a framework will be presented for attributing copyrights on work created by faculty, researchers and students, as well as the prerequisites for protecting such works. Relevant aspects of the European and Cypriot legislation regarding Intellectual Property Rights will be referenced.
Note: All presentations and discussion will be in English.